My experience is most people in NZ think the police are this magical wall holding back the growing darkness, and continue to until one day a policeman stitches someone they know up for some bullshit little thing and their whole world tuns upside down for a while.
IMHE Australians aren't that different. Class certainly colours attitudes. Justice James Roland Wood, who presided over the 1995 NSW Royal Commission into police corruption, was described by an experienced court journalist as having been very 'North Shore' in his attitudes as a judge. For example, he'd become 'squeamish' when counsel got the better of police witnesses.
The remarkable rigour he eventually displayed as a Royal Commissioner came as a surprise to many, including no doubt the widespread corrupt elements in the police force and their allies, who in some cases openly gloated that he'd turn out to be a compliant patsy.
Also here. Mr Geddis on form, cutting through the fluff.
Where does this come from?
This is all I've seen, no indication of who's behind it.
I don’t know much about how the Dairy Board operated, except that it appeared to be in mysterious ways. What I do remember is that they were probably the only big corporate customer for the Commodore Amiga computer.
The later incarnation of the graphics-geek friendly Amiga was hyped by the local distributor as a cheap colour rival of the Mac. Unfortunately it suffered from the kind of instability that only a bleeding edge enthusiast could love. The regularly encountered guru meditation must have provide hours of fun for the hapless milkies.
FFS , can’t we find at least one person with brown skin and a funny-sounding name to arrest on vague suspicion of perhaps contemplating . . . oh I don’t know . . . just contemplating will do?
The old John Howard trick?
Tony Abbott appears to have learned something from his old mentor's stuffup, even if it's nothing more sophisticated than using a bigger hammer.
It’s an extraordinary claim I think – and typically extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, which I really don’t think is evident (so far?) in this case.
Oh bullshit. You're simply far too squeamish to even consider the possibility.
It blows my mind just a little how very keen some people are to ascribe just, disinterested motives to the police. Really? On THIS issue?
I suspect it’s something to do with being traumatised by the discovery that one was deceived over the existence of Santa Claus. Talkback, and increasingly the interwebs, seem to swarm with people who’ve dedicated their adult lives to desperately clinging to a substitute.
Perhaps your definition of ‘many’ varies from mine.
Fair enough Kyle, but for me your account significantly seems to ignore Police Association President Greg O'Connor's aggressive politicising of police issues.
Sometimes the police force will influence laws, but in my experience they don’t tend to lead the charge on many law changes in their area
The thing is – we have no context at all for how usual or unusual this is. We don’t know what items the police believed they were looking for, what processes were used during that search, whether all officers were involved for the whole time, what downtime there was.
Your constant harping on 'we' ignores that you could well be addressing people who, for all you know, may well be better informed about a number of aspects of this case and its background than you are. Yet you continue to offer yourself as some kind of paragon of virtuous ignorance.